What’s All The Hooper Hoopla
We’re so excited about our comedy line-up this week at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre! We’re bringing you some of the best acts around as we feature headliners who have made a name for themselves not just in comedy, but also in television and film. We’ll have our humor institute grads perform, our weekly open mic night which features local amateur and professional comedians, plus we’re fund-raising for Sarasota High School Wednesday night. It’s gonna be a fun week here at McCurdy’s so come out and join us for a week of fun and laughter!
Dean Napolitano Feb. 26 & Mar. 1
Nothing’s funnier than an Italian New Yorker who knows he’s funny. Dean Napolitano is all of this and we get to reap the benefits when he graces our stage as the headlining act this week at McCurdy’s. With a background in comedy and an extensive acting resume, Dean has proven himself as a class act and comedic professional while maintaining a report with his audience.
Born in Long Island New York, Dean Napolitano first cut his teeth on the comedy scene working for clubs throughout Florida. Napolitano has been seen on the small screen in a variety of shows on various networks. His TV credits include Good Morning America, Three Rivers, What About Brian (ABC), Heroes (NBC), Las Vegas(NBC), The Shield (FX) Passions (NBC), Ghost Dog (PAX), From the Earth to the Moon (HBO), Mystery Files of Shelby Woo (Nickelodeon), Safe Harbor (Aaron Spelling Productions), Vamps (Victory Productions) and many more. Dean is also a favorite among Hollywood’s elite, opening for the likes of Don Rickles and Joan Rivers, and he is on the talent roster of the world famous Messina Baker Entertainment Corporation that represents such Hollywood heavyweights as Drew Carey and Tim Allen. Dean can be seen in the action packed film “Triple Nine”, starring Woody Harelson, Kate Winslet and “The Walking Dead’s” Norman Reedus, released in 2016.
Maryellen Hooper Feb 27-29
Named “Female Comedian of the Year” at the American Comedy Awards, Maryellen’s hour-long standup show about wifedom and mommyhood will have you laughing so hard you’re crying. If you’re a mom, you’ve never felt so understood and appreciated than when listening to Maryellen’s description of motherhood in real terms.
With many appearances on late-night talk shows, including “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno, Maryellen has transformed her career of nightclubs and college campuses to a bigger audience. She was asked by Disney to perform on all four of their beautiful cruise ships, making her one of the only comedians to do so, and her half-hour special, “Lounge Lizards” on Comedy Central was met with rave reviews. As life evolves as a wife and mother to two odoriferous boys, so does Maryellen’s show, leaving audiences exhausted from laughter. Discover a bit of the material to be found on her new comedy album, “Maryellen Hooper… Help Wanted” when you catch her live this week at McCurdy’s!
Open Mic Night Feb. 26
On Wednesday evening, be sure to stick around in our Green Room Lounge after Dean’s show for our Open Mic Night. Beginning at 9pm, this show features 10 amateur comedians performing 5 minute sets. Some professionals even stop by occasionally to work on new material. This is a great chance to see raw talent in its early stages! There’s no cover or minimum purchase, but audience members must be 18 with a valid picture ID.
Fundraiser for AICE Program at SHS Feb. 26
Opening the show tonight will be the graduating students from McCurdy’s Comedy Boot Camp.
Dean Napolitano will be headlining the show. In case you aren’t aware, we’ll be benefitting the Sarasota High School AICE/Cambridge program. What is AICE? AICE, or the Advanced International Certificate of Education, is an internationally recognized program that emphasizes the value of broad and balanced study.The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) is an international diploma that students can earn via an advanced academic curriculum and assessment program developed by the University of Cambridge in England. Students can earn up to 45 college credits while in high school.
This fundraiser is to help fund the AICE Banquet for our 2020 graduates in May.
Humor Institute Feb. 26
Headlining the show this evening will be Dean Napolitano. Tonight’s performance will feature the graduating students from the Humor Institute’s Comedy Bootcamp. Les McCurdy will be hosting and performing with the students. Come and show your support for the graduating class!
Check out the amazing talent we plan to see in the next few months on our stage and make plans now to stop by for these incredible shows!
Bobby Collins: After opening for the likes of Frank Sinatra, Cher, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett and Dolly Parton, it’s a real treat to have Bobby Collins return to the McCurdy’s stage. Bringing his razor-sharp wit and apt observances of the human condition to a point of hilarity, Bobby Collins will be the highlight of your week.
Jim Breuer Mar. 16: This special event features Jim Breuer, SNL veteran and star of the cult classic stoner classic, “Half Baked.” Jim remains one of today’s top entertainers and continues to win over audiences with his off-the-wall humor and lovable personality. Get ready to see him when he headlines the stage at McCurdy’s.
John McEuen Mar. 23 Music Monday
A founding member of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (summer of 1966) – John McEuen brings banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle AND a special guest – previous NGDB member, John Cable (Cable was in the band when they became the first American band to tour the Soviet Union in 1977). Get ready for a blast from the past when John performs for Music Monday, only at McCurdy’s!
Pauly Shore Mar. 26: After his rise to fame in the 1990s as a major film and TV comedian, Pauly Shore is now reflecting on life growing up at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood. His autobiographical documentary will cover his life in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, and ‘90s. Come out and see what made Pauly a hit in the 90s and keeps audiences coming back for more today when he returns to the McCurdy’s stage in March!
Off The Clock Interview Feb. 27
If you stop by on Thursday evening, you’ll enjoy a bonus treat when Les McCurdy joins the comedians on-stage for our Off The Clock interview. This 15-20 minute interview with the comedians is a great way for audience members to get to know them more personally. There’s also a Q & A portion with the audience, so bring your questions about who they are, where they come from and how they got started in comedy!
To learn even more about our past and present entertainers, be sure to check out our podcast, The Conversation. These backstage interviews with our favorite comedians is an awesome, candid glimpse into what they’re really like, what gets them excited about performing stand-up comedy, and where they’re hoping to go next. Our newest one features Danny Bevins, Geno Williams, Jarrett Moore, Les McCurdy and Mike Stevens- Local and nationally-acclaimed comedians who are quickly becoming favorites among audiences in Florida and across the country.
This week, enjoy an evening of laughs, support a good cause, and have a great time with friends. Come out to McCurdy’s and discover some of the best and brightest performers around. These entertainers will make you laugh til you cry and spice up your week. Stop by, enjoy your evening, and laugh the night away- you never know what will happen at McCurdy’s!